Q: Is it permissible for the Paschal Candle to be lit on the Commemoration of all the Faithfully Departed, with memorial candles for the deceased to be lit from it? Please advise.
A: There is no legislation permitting it – or forbidding it. We are to light the paschal candle throughout Easter Time and for baptisms and funerals. Some parishes have the custom of lighting it for All Souls Day because it is a commemoration of the faithful departed. The practice is in keeping with the usage of the candle, but if you’re looking for an official “permission”, I cannot turn one up.